BRANDON — Gov. Rick Scott, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other local officials took part Tuesday afternoon in the ceremonial ground breaking for a 420,000-square-foot facility housing USAA, a financial giant that serves military families.
The company is poised to add 1,215 jobs and invest $164.3 million in Hillsborough County by 2019. The facility is expected to open by the end of 2015.
"I focus every day on trying to make sure this is the most veteran-friendly state in the country and the most military-friendly state in the country," said Scott, a Navy veteran. "It's a real honor to have USAA expand here."
Based in San Antonio, Texas, USAA began operating in Tampa 41 years ago with 36 employees. Now there are about 2,500 in the area. Robert Hoyland, the company's vice president and general manager, praised Scott as "a big supporter of USAA's job growth here in Tampa."
The state provided USAA with $2.9 million, and Hillsborough provided $729,000, in incentives.
Buckhorn touted the Tampa Bay area's post-recession job growth and strong military ties.
"Every person that we hire is one of our friends, one of our neighbors that is struggling to get back on their feet," he said. "Make no mistake, this is a military town. We treasure that relationship."